If either Avisail Garcia or Nick Castellanos are to make Detroit's Opening Day roster, it won’t be as a bench player.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland made that abundantly clear earlier this week.

As it stands, the Tigers plan to open the season with 13 position players on their roster. And, though Leyland wasn't naming names, he said 11 are essential locks.

That leaves two spots up for grabs -- and Garcia and Castellanos are among six candidates seemingly competing for the platoon role alongside Andy Dirks in left field.

Does either highly touted prospect have a legitimate shot at winning a spot? Sure, Leyland said. But, only if he can guarantee they'll receive consistent at-bats.

At 21 and 20 years old, respectively, Garcia and Castellanos have unlimited potential and enough power and bat speed between the two to consistently drive in 100 runs apiece.

But, it's farfetched to think they could do it this year. There's still room for growth. And, Leyland doesn't want to tamper with it by stashing either outfielder away on the bench.

"I would not take (Garcia) just to sit around and pinch-hit him," Leyland said. "We don’t want to sit him or Castellanos around and have them hardly ever play."